At the age of 30, Oliver is a licensed trainer for both flat and national hunt, having trained point to point for 6 seasons and now coming into his 3rd season with a full license. Oliver previously gained a vast amount of experience in the racing industry, not least five years employment at Mick Easterby’s yard and a short spell with Sir Mark Prescott.
During his time as a jockey he won the Men’s National Point-to-Point Championship in 2007/8 when he recorded a record 56 winners in points and is a past Amateur Jockey’s Association title holder under rules were he rode a total of 78 winners and 42 in one season.
He retired from race riding on the last day of 2014/15 point to point season at Umberleigh with a winner on his last ride He has had plenty of success in the point to point field including a fantastic treble at Bangor on Dee and getting beat a neck in the Aintree Foxhunters with Cool Friend.
Oliver is fortunate to have an experienced hard working and enthusiastic team to support him:
Josh joined the yard in 2016 having spent 3 years as assistant to Dan Skelton and before that as pupil assistant to Victor Dartnall. As Assistant trainer he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his time in racing. He was with Dan Skelton from the start so is very used to the setting up stage and will be a very valuable help. He was also a successful amateur and so is a huge help day to today schooling and riding work as well as helping Oliver communicating with owners and race planning. Josh is coming into his third season at the yard and will now as well as assisting Oliver with train a small string of Point to Pointers in his spare time.
Dan has been at the yard for over five years now having worked at the yard for a few years during school holidays and weekends. He is a key part of the team on the yard, at the races and doing a fantastic job updating social media, the website and giving the owners a weekly update. He has previously spent 2 months in Newmarket at Sir Mark Prescotts which will have opened his eyes to a different environment and has brought the skills he picked up there back the Stockton Hall. He has completed his NVQ 3 in Race Horse Care Management.
It's her third season with us now and gained some very valuable experience at Sir Mark Prescotts this summer and is now very capable at all aspects of the job. She has got her own horse to ride in Point to Points and is really looking forward to gaining experience in races. Fi will start to go racing more as we get busier, she is very responsible and gets on with the job.
Jo joined the team in October 2016 from Donald McCains, she already has completed her NVQ 2 and is currently working on her level 3. Jo is extremely capable on the yard as well as being travelling head girl and goes racing regularly. She turns the horses out beautifully and is great with the owners - It’s great to have her part of the team.
Ed joined the yard having previously worked at Victor Dartnall’s and Dan Skelton’s. Oliver added “He rode with a huge amount of confidence last season and I really love the way he rides. His North West Area Title in 2014 was very much deserved. He has now started up his own Point to Point and pre training yard but he will continue to ride the Point to Pointers and ride out every morning. He is a great asset to the yard and it is fantastic that he will be staying to school and ride work.
Cai has previously been with local trainers including Donald McCain and Gary Hamner. He is a great addition to the yard having previously held a conditional jockeys’ licence whilst with Donald. He is a great asset riding work and schooling and will continue to ride in Point to Points.
Mick joined the team in early 2018 and has plenty of experience after previously working for Harry Fry and Donald McCain in recent years, he has been a great addition to the team since joining us. He is fantastic at handling horses and a handy man to have around for fixing and maintaining anything around the yard.
She joined our team in March 2018 after graduating from Northern Racing School, she has a good attitude towards work and rides well and has integrated into the team well. She has already taken on plenty of responsibility and will continue to go racing where she does a great job and turns out her horses extremely well.
Lauren did a stint with us before going to the British Racing school in January for the 9 weeks course and came straight back to Stockton Hall as a full time member of staff and is a good part of the team.
Ross joined the team in October 2017 as the conditional jockey and has ridden 6 winners for us and will continue to get more rides for the yard. He is a great asset at home schooling and riding work and is very friendly and pleasant to have about.